Buddha was once asked, what have you gained from meditation? To which he replied, nothing. However, let me tell you what I lost…Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear…”
So, what exactly is meditation?
Meditation is an ancient practice that helps to control our minds and consequently our lives. Practicing Meditation can help to control our minds and thoughts…allowing us to turn our mind off so that we can rest and recharge our batteries.
To meditate doesn’t mean you must be Buddhist, Hindu, or any religion for that matter. Meditation has nothing to do with religion, nor does it have to mean that you must spend hours sitting in the “lotus position” humming to yourself. In this busy world today, we go from one thought to the next, just as we go from one task to the next with no downtime in-between. Through meditation, or creating a mindfulness approach, you begin to shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life. Below are some alternative options to the “traditional” approach to meditation.
Meditation for the Mind, Body, and Soul
1. Walking Meditation- Take a walk. While walking, take deep breaths and focus on the pattern and pace of those breaths. Focus your energy on your body and sending life force energy that we breathe in into those areas that are “stressed”.
2. Dance Meditation- Dancing uses Kundalini energy, and is a fantastic way to release tension and get in touch with your “higher self”.
3. Journaling Meditation- writing is extremely powerful, and if we use this as a form of meditative practice it will help to track the progression of cutting attachments, inquiring into unknown feelings, and sharpen our ability to stay in the here and now. Even as little as 10 mins a day and the benefits to can be huge.